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Parks and Recreation: Beauty Pageant

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 2nd 2009 1:50AM
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(S02E03) This is how I know Parks and Recreation is growing as a show: Leslie Knope has not only stopped being a one-dimensional season one Michael Scott impression, but she has grown into a character with whom I can identify. If I ever found myself judging a beauty contest with a chick in a hooker dress talking about how if it were up to her and her family, it would be called "Ourmerica," and not "Theirmerica," I would have a difficult time holding my brains inside of my head.

I don't think I would have an elaborate, laminated scorecard with a section for the "Naomi Wolf effect," but I could definitely see myself in a room arguing with my fellow judges about the brains of the other contestants. And Like Leslie Knope, I probably would have lost. Such is life.

I really enjoy April, mainly because I like Aubrey Plaza so much as an actress, so I liked seeing her as more a part of the "A" storyline this week. My only complaint, in fact, is that we didn't see more of her. I would have enjoyed her sucking up to Leslie more, or seeing more of her impressions. I am, however, glad that she quit. It just wouldn't have been right to have her up there being judged with the rest of the contestants.

Louis C.K. (I mentioned him by name this week!) is back as Dave, the bumbling cop after Leslie's affections. He honestly didn't make much of an impression on me last week, but I love what they did with him this week. It didn't really bother me that he didn't recognize Madeline Albright, but I love that it bothered Leslie so much, mainly because they're not painting her as a desperate sad-sack who'll date any guy who looks at her twice.

What concerned me is that Dave, in addition to just seeming nervous, started to come off as ... dumb. Yes, Leslie should be with someone awkward and endearing, but he needs to be smart at the same time. He did, however, win me back at the end, when he took the time to research all of the other photos of famous women in Leslie's office.

I'm still not into the whole "Andy living in the pit" storyline. I feel like we've kind of already been down this road with Roy on The Office, when he got his DUI. I did like seeing Mark's reaction, though. I got the impression that he wasn't really thrilled with the way Ann is handling the situation. I don't know; it seems as though he and Ann have a nice rapport, but I'm not really seeing the spark.

Also, how much do you want to see Tom's wife again? Especially if one of those hussies actually tries to come over to their house and use their grill? Now that is an episode I would like to see.

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I really hate the Rashida + Mark pairing.

October 03 2009 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I couldn't disagree more about Andy. His scenes have consistently been the funniest of the show to me. "I've seen a lot of porn and I know what 'fixing the shower' means." "I'm having friends over, you should have called first. Yeah, you know the way out!"

October 02 2009 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

Really? No comments yet? I hope people haven't given up on this show yet, because it's really coming into it's own.

I also love Aubrey Plaza and her complete apathy about everything. And Leslie Knope is completely her own character now, no more female Michael Scott comparisons, please. She was really admirable in this episode, actually.

And this episode was just plain funny, especially the beauty pageant stuff. I loved the Q&A part with the "hot one," who gave an answer worthy of Miss Carolina from some years ago.

October 02 2009 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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As a resident of North Carolina, I feel I must point out that the infamous speech was given by Miss SOUTH Carolina. :)

October 02 2009 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I completely disagree about the andy living in the pit thing i find both brilliant and realistic, he is sort of stalking but not bothering her. and Chris pratt plays it so well

October 02 2009 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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